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“…Muller’s BEST is the fourth effort at finding the Earth’s global temperature and its trend. The BEST results are in agreement with the earlier three results for land temperature.The reaction may be, “ho hum”. Is there a point to the BEST project? I think so. The Berkeley team addresses some specific criticisms made of prior analyses: not enough data and allegedly flawed procedures for correcting data discontinuities (e.g., move of a station to a new location). In addition, Muller has pulled together 14 previously compiled databases. Gavin Schmidt of NASA’s GISS credits BEST for releasing the data in a consistent way. BEST has put on its website not just the raw data but also the computer code for analyzing the data.
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n 2012, there were 905 natural catastrophes worldwide, 93 percent of which were weather-related disasters. In terms of overall and insured losses (US$170 billion and $70 billion, respectively), 2012 did not follow the records set in 2011 and could be defined as a moderate year on a global scale. But the United States was seriously affected by weather extremes, accounting for 69 percent of overall losses and 92 percent of insured losses due to natural catastrophes worldwide, writes Petra Löw, a geographer and consultant at Munich Reinsurance Company,in theWorldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs Online service
Of the 905 documented loss events, 45 percent were meteorological events (storms), 36 percent were hydrological events (floods), and 12 percent were climatological events such as heat waves, cold waves, droughts, and wildfires. The remaining 7 percent were geophysical events—earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. This distribution deviates somewhat from long-term trends, as between 1980 and 2011 geophysical events accounted for 14 percent of all natural catastrophes.
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